MIAMI — A Florida teen and her boyfriend have been charged with gunning down her father in his home and stealing his car after he disapproved of their relationship, police said.
Cops found 63-year-old Evelio Gainza’s body last week under a pile of blankets and towels in an upstairs bedroom after a relative called and asked them to check on him.
They also saw that his white Mercedes was missing, which led them to 17-year-old Eveline Gainza and her boyfriend, Demar Turruellas, 18, when they pulled them over in the car three days later.
Inside, they found what they believed to be the murder weapon and under questioning, Gainza confessed, the Miami Herald reported. Turruellas was charged with second-degree murder for allegedly shooting the elder Gainza in the back. She was charged with attempted tampering with physical evidence and accessory after the fact, for helping clean up the bloody crime scene.
Police said Turruellas and Eveline had recently moved back to Miami from near Fort Myers and were staying with her mother. Last Thursday, Eveline’s father picked up his daughter and brought her back to his house to collect some things.
While he was upstairs, police said, Eveline stole his car and drove to her mother’s house to pick up Turruellas. They then returned to her father’s home and police say Turruellas went upstairs and shot Gainza in the back several times with a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun.
They then dragged his body into a bedroom that was undergoing renovation and covered it up with blankets and towels while cleaning up blood stains with bleach and paper towels. They also gathered the shell casings.
Turruellas then gave the gun to a friend, but later retrieved it. When police found the weapon it was painted over and its serial number was obscured.